The Resilient Federal Forests Act (HR 4614), introduced by Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR) and a host of bipartisan members, provides comprehensive solutions to address the rapidly declining health of American forests and prevent catastrophic wildfires by expediting environmental analysis, reducing frivolous lawsuits, and increasing the pace and scale of critical forest restoration projects.
Please consider joining the NDA in supporting the Resilient Federal Forests Act – it provides much-needed comprehensive solutions to address the rapidly declining health of American forests and prevent catastrophic wildfires. CLICK HERE to quickly ask your Representative for their support of this important legislation.
The National Deer Association (NDA) is dedicated to ensuring the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting. The continuance of the resource, the quality of our hunting experiences and the perpetuity of places to hunt, recreate and relax rely on intact, healthy forests. The introduction of the Resilient Federal Forests Act comes at a time when forest management legislation is desperately needed. More than 80 million acres of national forests are overgrown, fire-prone and in dire need of active management. The Act restores forest health, increases resiliency to wildfire, and supports the economic revitalization of rural communities.
“We are appreciative of Ranking Member Westerman’s introduction of important legislation that provides the U.S. Forest Service the tools it needs to help safeguard our nation from catastrophic wildfires while simultaneously managing our forests to enhance health and wildlife habitat,” said Nick Pinizzotto, president and CEO of the NDA.
The Resilient Federal Forests Act includes several forest and habitat conservation provisions, including:
- Utilizing state-of-the-art science to triage the top 10 percent of high-risk firesheds;
- Simplifying and expediting environmental analyses to reduce costs and planning times of critical forest management projects while maintaining thorough environmental reviews;
- Giving the Forest Service the necessary tools to restore watersheds, improve wildlife habitat and protect critical infrastructure and public safety in wildland-urban interfaces; and
- Incentivizing collaborative projects of up to 30,000 acres to increase the pace and scale of active management.